Barça have just released a press statement in response to FIFA’s transfer ban announced earlier today. What is most noticeable immediately is press statement there is no mention of article 19 which is the article that FIFA have accused Barça of breaking. Instead there is a solid defence of Barça’s model of formation of youngsters which includes a very good education at the Masia which is provided by the club. Some of the points will perhaps help to reduce the punishment but there seems little denial that some wrongdoing wasn’t involved in signing the 10 youngsters in question.
The full reply is in the following 14 points:
- According to the official statement issued today by FIFA, the Spanish Football Federation has also been sanctioned under international signings.
- The allegedly breached article aims to protect minors from the acts of clubs that incorporate minors without providing the education and attention that FCB offers at La Masia.
- The model incorporates La Masia educational training programs, accommodations, meals, medical care, attention to the needs of children and sports development plans.FCB treats athletes as people, a matter not considered by FIFA, which applies a criterion ignoring the disciplinary function of our educational training program.
- All FCB players always have their federal licenses in order and to update as required by the respective federations. All of them at all times.
- Some of the players affected by the proceedings of FIFA have even been convened by the Catalan Football Federation to participate in regional championships with the Catalan team.
- Since opening the file, FIFA federal licensing of these players were withdrawn and they have not returned to participate in matches. So in any case there was no statutory participation sport from any of them.
- FC Barcelona has not violated any civil law and that all children enjoy their training center are legal residents in the country.
- The players ordered by FIFA to have their federal licenses annulled have the option to continue the Club, which maintains its commitment with them to ensure their educational training, with the aim that they do not suffer social damage, despite being unable to play.
- No FCB player is in an irregular administrative situation.
- FCB has proposed to FIFA for some time and in different areas, the need to revise regulations that seek to protect children, to make this protection more effective.
- The FCB training model has always had the explicit recognition of FIFA and La Masia has always been used as an example of good practice.
- Our candidates for the Ballon d’Or is an example of the recognition of FIFA for our sports training procedures.
- FCB training model helps the families of many players in their integration and social growth.
- Only in Catalonia, an estimated 15,000 players are registered as minors with the Federation, these players who have been born outside of Spain, would be in an irregular situation according to the criteria of the FIFA sanction.